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Don’t leave appliances on standby

It is good to follow this advice from money.co.uk which suggests that usually ‘it is best to switch a plug off at the wall when your device isn’t in use. After you’re finished with the TV, computer or games console, switch everything off in the usual manner, then finally flick the electric socket’s switch to off to stop using unnecessary energy. Although individual appliances consume a fraction of what they usually do when in standby mode, the more devices you possess, the greater the cumulative effect of their continuing consumption on your energy bills.’

By switching off appliance which we don’t use we reduce our household’s annual CO2 emission by 30 kg.

For more simple energy saving tips come back next week and if you’ve got any comments or similar tips, please email kasha@sustainableselkirk.org.uk.

More savings in the kitchen

In March 2021 average electricity price in South Scotland was 17 pence per 1 kWh, so if you were to boil a whole kettle (2,5 kW, 1,5 l) it would take you 4 minutes. It would cost you 2.8 pence, but if you were to boil just enough water for 2 mugs (0.5 l) it would take you 1 minute for 0.72 pence thus saving you 26% (both in time and money). It may not seem to be a lot, but considering that an average Scot drinks 5 cups of tea per day, you can save 10.4 pence a day (£38 a year) just by following this simple rule. You will also reduce your annual CO2 emission from 40 kg to 10 kg.

According to Energy Saving Trust if everyone boiled only the water they needed every time they used the kettle, we could save enough electricity in a year to power the UK’s street lights for nearly seven months. 

For more simple energy saving tips come back next week and if you’ve got any comments or similar tips, please email them to kasha@sustainableselkirk.org.uk.

Put a lid on

According to London Cleaning System survey from 2017, the most time-consuming household chore is cooking. The average Brit spends 253 minutes per week in the kitchen cooking meals. That’s the equivalent of 219 hours per year, or 439 days over the course of your lifetime. That’s why following these simple tips can help in reducing energy usage.

If our goal is to keep both the heat and moisture in, we should keep the lid on, as this is the best way to achieve both.

It’s also good to choose the correct sized saucepan for the amount of food we are cooking. Cutting food into smaller pieces, choosing the right size of ring or burner on the cooker and putting lids on pots will all help to reduce cooking time and therefore save energy. For more simple energy saving tips come back next week and if you’ve got any comments or similar tips, please email them to kasha@sustainableselkirk.org.uk.